The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is one group patrolling boaters during Labor Day weekend.
(WBIR-Knoxville) It's been a busy weekend for officers on the water.
Patrols dealt with Vol Navy, Boomsday, and up next, Labor Day.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) is one group patrolling boaters during Labor Day weekend.
"September the first is always an interesting day for the TWRA. It's kind of the end of boating season and the kickoff to hunting season," said Matt Cameron, TWRA spokesperson.
Saturday was the opening of the dove season and the Early Canada goose season.
Cameron patrolled the Tennessee River on Saturday with TWRA Officer Kyle Loveday. They checked a boat with dove hunters.
"If you're hunting migratory birds, you can only have three shells inside your gun at all times. So we checked licenses and all that and those guys were legal so we left them behind us and we're going on downstream to deal with the bigger problem," Cameron explained.
That bigger problem occurs around Volunteer Landing during Boomsday.
"Right now one of the main things we're looking for is making sure we keep our channel open... that people aren't parking, docking in the channel," Loveday said.
Patrols are also on the lookout for those boating while under the influence (BUI). Cameron said one beer on water is equivalent to three on land.
TWRA also stopped boats to check for life jackets. Boaters must have a life jacket for every person on board; those under 12 years old must wear one at all times.
"If we can keep people inside boats, we can keep life jackets on, we're going to reduce a lot of the fatal accidents," Cameron said.
This is the last big weekend this year for patrolling the waters.